Haiku Journal Fire Island Day Seventeen

18. I woke late and tired/
Distracted I found routines/
Of soul distraction/

19. I avoided myself/
As I stumbled back to “life”/
I didn’t think much/

20. Facebook & Twitter/
NPR & other tasks/
Stole meditation/

21. Modern rituals/
Of social information/
Kill contemplation/

22. Time spent with myself/
Challenges my “public self”/
Here is where doubt lies/

23a. Thinking of myself/
As a soul that I control/
Shows me how I slack/

23b. Exposing myself/
Examining my routines/
Of selfish comfort/

25. I use rituals/
Regardless of how noble/
To limit myself/

26. I’m alive and free/
Capable of being great/
But that’s not easy/

27. To be truly free/
I must sacrifice comfort/
Of the familiar/

28. The freedom I “want:”/
Described by society/
Is base privilege/

29. The freedom I “need:”/
Spiritual transcendence/
Will cost me comfort/

30. Participation:/
It is easy to enjoy/
Cruel advantages/

31. Eschewing this place/
Of petty petty domination/
Challenges comfort/

32. I worked hard within/
This unfair human system/
To enjoy my place/

33. “Succeeding” suggests/
You must accept this system/
(That you know’s unfair)/

34. I’m doing better/
Because I’m lucky enough/
To exist right here/

35. Less fortunate/
Aren’t any less deserving/
Just more unlucky/

36. I want to transcend/
This venal system of mine/
& be happier/

37. The “revolution”/
I need to happen’s within/
Not political/

38. I’d be happier/
If I corrected myself/
& escaped habit/

39. I am the system/
I despise so thoroughly/
(Though it comforts me)/

40. I’ll work to improve/
Personal behaviors &/


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